A man who reversed into a football club president on the victim’s property last year over a money dispute has avoided jail and received a hefty fine for the hit-and-run. John Willem Grove, 63, appeared in Geraldton Magistrates Court on Monday when he pleaded guilty to hitting Rovers Football Club president Daniel Starling with his car on October 14. Grove was charged with acts or omissions causing bodily harm or danger to a person, failing to stop, failing to report to police and damaging property. The court was told Grove was driving a white Isuzu D-Max when he reversed into Mr Starling and his property’s fence on Deepdale Road. He failed to stop to ensure Mr Starling received medical aid and did not contact police. Police prosecuting officer Sgt Paul Burkinshaw said Grove “reversed in an aggressive manner” where Mr Starling was standing, causing the victim to be thrown to the ground and receive significant swelling to his head. A CCTV camera captured the incident, showing Mr Starling holding the gate as Grove drives out. As Mr Starling shuts the gate, Grove reverses back, making contact with Mr Starling hurling him across the yard. Defence lawyer Kate Fry said Grove was at the victim’s address because of a debt dispute and entered the yard to do a return of trailers. Ms Fry said Grove didn’t want to get locked in the yard and reversed out as the gate was closing, not realising Mr Starling had received injury. Magistrate Angus Hockton said it was out of character and took into account Grove’s early guilty pleas. Mr Hockton said Grove had a minimal criminal history. The cost to repair the gate was disputed and was amended from $2000 to $200. Grove was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $5400, with a compensation payment of $200 payable to Mr Starling. Mr Starling told the Geraldton Guardian the outcome was “disappointing”, claiming Grove still hasn’t paid the money owed to his business. “When you go into someone’s property, their own safe place and expect to do whatever you please, there should be repercussions for that,” he said.